Creating fertile environments for youth savings at financial institutions in the developing world could certainly lower the threshold of profitability for financial institutions by creating a larger pool of clients or by lowering or subsidizing the cost to financial institutions of doing business with those clients, at least in the short-term.
“We [need to] make the conscious decision to be on a different trajectory and to never, ever talk about young people as a problem, as a threat, as a vulnerability. The only way that young people would ever fit into any of those categories is if we haven’t done the groundwork to allow them to realize their full potential. And I realize that to some of you in the crowd that sounds like semantics and a whole vocabulary lesson but it’s not. I mean it really has to be about a complete reframing and re-pivoting of how we understand potential and what our responsibility is to unlock that potential for our future—not their future, our future.”
--Suzanne Ehlers, President and CEO, Population Action International, Inaugural Co-Lead, FP2020 Rights and Empowerment Working Group
“Banking on Girls: From Piggy Banks to Savings Accounts”- Should girls be considered a separate segment when designing youth savings programs?
Is it more difficult to financially include girls? Data from some programs seeking to increase girls’ participation in formal savings seems to suggest it might be.1
In his own words, 13-year-old Pramod Tamang, a YouthSave participant, tells of changes to his behavior and outlook that led him back into the classroom.